Call the Volunteer Center of the United Way at 524-1307 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org unless otherwise noted.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY'S DAFFODIL DAYS -- This 25th annual springtime sale of fresh cut daffodils raises funds to support cancer research, public education, advocacy and patient service programs. Volunteers 16 and older are needed to enter customer information into the computer and sort fund-raiser paperwork weekdays between 9 a.m. and
5 p.m. beginning the first week of March. Bouquets, Sunshine Bouquets, Bear and a Bunch, Vision Bouquets, Bear of Hope and Gift of Hope Arrangements are available for purchase (donation levels $10-$100 and up) through the ACS office. Donations support the mission and allow the ACS to anonymously deliver bouquets to cancer patients in our community.
AMERICAN RED CROSS -- The 27th annual CPR Saturday takes place March 13 at sites in Modesto, Oakdale, Patterson and Turlock. An additional site in Modesto will provide all classes in Spanish. The event is open to the public, ages 8 and up (under 12 accompanied by a paying adult) and classes begin every hour on the hour between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is $8 in advance, $10 at the door based on space availability. Advanced registration is encouraged, as classes fill quickly. Volunteers 14 and up are needed prior to the actual event to help coordinate activities, outreach, office support and process registrations. The day of event, help is needed at all sites to set up, clean up, take registration, clean mannequins, staff first-aid booth, etc. Certified CPR instructors are especially encouraged to volunteer.
HOWARD TRAINING CENTER -- The 16th annual Crab Fest Fundraiser will be held March 5-6 at the Howard Training Center Witmer Hall. The event features food, entertainment and dancing to the Silver Moon Band, while raising dollars to support services and vocational/nonvocational training for adults with mental retardation and other disabilities. Reserved seating tickets are $45 (presale only) and to-go tickets are available at $30. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. Volunteers 16 and older are needed help set up both days between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; serve on both days between 5:30 p.m. and midnight: assist with cleanup and setup on March 6 from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and final cleanup March 7 beginning at
10 a.m. A T-shirt will be provided to event volunteers. Volunteers may also assist with event prep work such as assembling programs, scrubbing potatoes, etc., on March 1-4, with flexible daytime hours as arranged with the agency.
CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES' HUTTON HOUSE -- Adult volunteers are needed to aid runaway and homeless youth, ages 13 to 17, at the shelter site to answer the crisis line, perform intakes, lead recreational activities, tutor youth, co-facilitate groups with group leaders, transport youth to meetings, events and appointments, interact with youth, chart in files and participate in other activities to provide support to youth and families. Volunteers attend 18 hours of initial program and CPR/first-aid trainings and monthly training meetings; pass FBI fingerprint and criminal background review, physical clearance, tuberculosis test and Child Abuse Index clearance; and commit to volunteering four hours per week for a minimum of one year. Training will be held
March 1-6, Mondays and Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Volunteer interviews will take place Feb. 16 and 19.
THE FIRST TEE OF MODESTO -- The Learning Life Skills Through Golf Program offers clinics, rounds of golf, and outings by matching encouraging adults to help more than 3,000 Modesto-area youth, ages 7 to 17, learn and enjoy the game of golf while gaining life skills. Six-week clinics will be held between March and October on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Modesto Municipal Golf Course. Volunteers interact with kids, accompany youth playing nine holes of golf, teach specific golf skill focus for that day, and assist with skill testing. No special skills are needed and it is not necessary to know how to play golf. Interested volunteers are asked to attend one of the following program trainings on Feb. 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. and Feb. 23 or 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All trainings will be held in Modesto. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and complete a background check.
STANISLAUS COUNTY AREA AGENCY ON AGING -- Be a link to the community for homebound senior citizens or disabled individuals with the Friendly Visitor Program. Volunteers are needed to visit with seniors or disabled persons in their homes once or twice a month. Volunteers provide companionship, telephone reassurance, transportation to medical appointments or shopping, light housekeeping, yard clean up, errands, etc. Training is provided. Volunteers must be at least 16 years or older, enjoy interacting with older individuals, and pass a background check.